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Maryland Commerce Department Supports Research Professorship at Mount St. Mary's


e-Nnovation grantEMMITSBURG, Md. (July 31, 2018) – Mount St. Mary’s University has received $1 million through the Maryland Department of Commerce's Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative and raised an equal amount in matching funds to establish an Endowed Professorship in Computational Science and Mathematics. 

This professorship will increase integrated faculty and undergraduate research within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science through an expanded and formalized relationship with Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., the firm that operates the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The grant will also establish a collaborative technology workspace on the Mount’s Frederick campus to support student and faculty research; fund three undergraduate research fellowships annually; and provide for online laboratory access for student and faculty research.

“Mount St. Mary’s University is tremendously grateful to the Maryland Department of Commerce for matching funds and to Leidos Biomedical Research for its partnership in support of our computational science initiatives,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor. “We envision this program will grow to become a center of innovation and excellence that connects the university, employers, researchers, and local communities, yielding the sophisticated highly skilled computational scientists Maryland needs for sustained growth and innovation.”

The Maryland Department of Commerce, Mount St. Mary’s University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, the University of Maryland, College Park and Hood College have endowed a total of $15.8 million in eight new research professorships. The endowments were made through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative, a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at the colleges and universities. The schools raised a combined $9 million in private funding for each chair and Maryland Commerce approved matching grants of $6.8 million to support the endowments.

“Maryland is often hailed as one of the most innovative states in the country, thanks in no small part to the groundbreaking research at our first-rate colleges and universities. These endowments will continue to support that important work,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “This program, now in its fourth year, has endowed more than $31 million to help academic institutions make advances a diverse range of fields including cybersecurity, tissue engineering, drug delivery and theoretical computer science.”

The Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative was created by the General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session and has provided $31.3 million in funding to leverage $37.7 million in private donations. The funding can be used to pay salaries of newly endowed department chairs, staff, and support personnel in designated scientific and technical fields of study; fund related research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students; and purchase lab equipment and other basic infrastructure and equipment.

A formal agreement that details the partnership between Leidos and the Mount will be signed in the coming weeks.

 
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